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“Gal Gadot”, “coulrophobia” (an irrational fear of clowns) and “Weinstein” were among the top mispronounced words of 2017, according to a survey commissioned by the language- learning app Babbel, reported Entertainment Weekly, putting the much talked about actress and the man who became synonymous with the Hollywood sex scandal in the same bracket. The company polled professional subtitlers at the US Captioning Company, National Captioning Canada, and the British Institute of Verbatim Reporters about the words, phrases, and names that folks had a hard time saying on TV. Gadot’s name is pronounced with a soft T (‘gah-dott’) rather than a silent one. Weinstein may have made the mistake of mispronouncing his name, according to some linguists. The producer calls himself ‘wine-steen’, but the linguists believe that his name should be pronounced as ‘wine-stine’. 

Academy Award winning actress Jodie Foster has slammed big-budget superhero films for “ruining” the viewing habits of audiences worldwide. The actress, 55, hit out at the big studios for promoting “bad content” and said she did not want to be associated with films cashing in on this latest trend. “Going to the movies has become like a theme park. Studios making bad content in order to appeal to the masses and shareholders is like fracking - you get the best return right now but you wreck the earth. It’s ruining the viewing habits of the American population and then ultimately the rest of the world. I don’t want to make USD 200 million movies about superheroes,” Foster told RadioTimes magazine. She, however, is open to a superhero project, if it had “really complex psychology”. 

Avengers: Infinity War director Joe Russo said it was imperative that hero figures are vulnerable as it made for a great and inspirational story. The 46-year-old filmmaker, who is co-helming the project with his brother Anthony, said it was important that more humane stories are told today, according to Celebretainment.com. “For us, it’s very important that the heroes feel pain and that they make sacrifices because I think that, not only is a great storytelling, but it also is inspiring and I think we need a lot of inspiration in this world right now. So, for us, I don’t know if we can ever get you to accept it, but I promise you this: we’ll do our damnedest to tell you the best story possible, and what you do with it from there is up to you,” Russo said. The director said all best stories had a risk element attached to them.  

Superstar Salman Khan paid a surprise visit to Dharmendra and the veteran actor was deeply touched by the gesture. Dharmendra, who worked with Salman, 52, in Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, shared a picture of the duo clicked during the meeting on Twitter. “Deeply touched by your surprise visit to the farm today... You will always be a son to me Salman Khan,” he captioned the picture. The 82-year-old actor’s son Bobby Deol, who will be starring alongside Salman in Race 3, also shared the picture on Instagram. 

Rana Daggubati has posted the first poster of his film Haathi Mere Saathi. The poster shows Rana’s character, Bandev, along with an elephant. “Entering the new year with a great new story to tell. Introducing #Bandev from #HaathiMereSaathi #HaathiMereSaathiFL,” he tweeted. Shooting will begin for the trilingual film — to be shot in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil — in January. Prabhu Solomon will helm the film, which will have a new story but will also be a tribute to the 1971 blockbuster of the same name. The film is slated for a Diwali 2018 release.


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